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County cleanup continues, recycling resumes Monday
Debris piles
The aerial photo shows the amount of debris from Hurricane Matthew already collected by Bryan County (bottom) and the city of Richmond Hill (top), which is currently being stored at the landfill on Fort McAllister Road. - photo by Photo courtesy of Bryan County

Bryan County has collected some 3,000 tons of debris left behind by Hurricane Matthew and is continuing to make its way throughout the county as cleanup efforts continue.

County Administrator Ben Taylor gave an update on the process at Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting and said crews will continue working seven days a week “for the foreseeable future.”

Recycling collection also is slated to resume Monday. It had been suspended after the storm and people in the unincorporated portions of the county were allowed to use both their trash bin and recycling bin for household waste. Recycling collection in the city of Richmond Hill, meanwhile, has continued as normal and residents there should be putting household waste in recycling bins.

Taylor also said crews are spraying for mosquitoes seven days a week for two days for three hours each morning and three hours each evening.

A first round of debris collection is nearly complete in North Bryan County and about halfway done in South Bryan County. No areas yet have received a second round of collection. Taylor said GDOT was scheduled to collect debris along the right of way on roads it maintains — for example on Highway 144 and the Highway 144 spur — beginning in a couple of weeks.

There has been some confusion regarding what types of debris the county is picking up. Taylor recommended that people who had private companies take down large trees also have those companies transport the logs to the landfill on Fort McAllister Road. There is no charge for the permits.

“We just want to make sure that people aren’t bringing stuff in from other jurisdictions,” Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Burnsed said.

Taylor also said private companies that place large logs at the edge of people’s property are creating a safety hazard for county crews that are trying to maneuver dump trucks and other large equipment down sometimes narrow roads.

Crews from Turner and Montgomery counties, GDOT and the city of McDonough, according to Taylor.

“We need to remember this and realize there will come a day when we’ll be asked to reciprocate,” Commissioner Noah Covington said.

Commissioner Steve Myers also noted how grateful the county was to residents who just hours after the storm passed were cutting up debris and clearing roads.

“It was amazing to see neighbors helping neighbors in a time of need,” he said.  

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